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Posts from — July 2016

Book Review: Destiny of Shattered Dreams by Nilesh Rathod

Destiny of Shattered Dreams by Nilesh Rathod

 
Destiny of Shattered Dreams by Nilesh Rathod
Title: Destiny of Shattered Dreams
Author: Nilesh Rathod
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Rupa Publications(May 20th 2016)
Genre: Contemporary
Read: Paperback
Stars: ★★★★☆
Buy On: Amazon India | Amazon US

 

Summary:

(Goodreads)

An insider’s view into what goes on behind the glittering facade of corporate stardom, DESTINY of SHATTERED DREAMS is a fast-paced
tale of a brilliant young man’s meteoric rise. It is also a moving portrayal of the fallibility of love.

Ambition, passion
and raw courage are Atul Malhotra’s key aides to realizing his dreams as he learns the art of gambling for high stakes. What follows is a game of treachery, infidelity and murder.

The book lays bare the sordid corporate-politico nexus that compels this once middle-class boy to deftly learn the ropes and negotiate a world where dirty deals and power plays can make or break lives, where one wrong choice could be fatal.

A tale of yachts and hidden Swiss accounts, sordid affairs of lust, intrigue and exhilarating highs, Nilesh Rathod’s Destiny of Shattered Dreams is also the story of innocence forever lost.

 

My Review:

Note: Thanks to Nilesh Rathod for offering me his book to read and review :)

Cover: Eye-catchy

Paper and font: Font could have been bigger

Readability, language: Easy

I had mixed feelings when I first picked up Destiny of Shattered Dreams, the story of a man’s rise and fall in the corporate world. Corporate drama isn’t really my thing or maybe all books I’ve read until now of that type haven’t worked for me.

Either ways I’m tentative about those types of books but Nilesh Rathod’s book did sound interesting so, I took the shot. Glad I did too, I breezed though it and enjoyed reading it.

Atul Malhotra is a boy who comes from simple beginnings and with shear hard work has climbed the ladder. Now he has his own company and powerful political people have invested in it. But with big money comes big trouble.

The cover is a colour spread of red and blue representing dreams with a jagged crack running through it. Between the cover and title, clear expectations are set of shattered dreams. The blurb also sets the same expectation.

The story is mostly set in Mumbai but other cities like Delhi and Geneva also feature as work and holiday destinations. Mumbai is present in the story in the background but it doesn’t play a predominant role.

The characters are very real flawed people who I found myself encouraging at times and getting so irritated with at others. The shallowness of us human beings is so apparent though the story and characters of Nilesh Rathod. At times I also felt the characters were very stereotypical in their reactions, I’d expected a more liberal modern outlook in a contemporary book.

Right at the start within 20 pages I knew Atul was going to go to jail but as he told his story Nilesh Rathod captured my curiosity and held it right to the end. The pace of the book is good but I felt the climax was very clichéd and it dampened the end for me.

The book was an easy read in language and structure and I breezed through it. But I felt that there was too much poetry (it’s translation) and philosophy through out and that also took away from my enjoyment of the book. That said, if you like contemporary corporate or business drama, this book will fit the bill really well. A good fast read!

Buy On: Amazon India | Amazon US

About the Author:

Nilesh Rathod

Nilesh Rathod is a businessperson, writer and poet.Destiny of Shattered Dreams is his debut novel and he is currently working on his second novel. He lives in Mumbai.
 
 
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July 19, 2016   No Comments

Book Review: Twin Reflections by Elizabeth Joseph (The Maze of Mirrors #1)

Twin Reflections by Elizabeth Joseph (The Maze of Mirrors #1)

 
Twin Reflections by Elizabeth Joseph
Title: Twin Reflections
Author: Elizabeth Joseph
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.(January 2016)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Read: eBook
Stars: ★★★★☆
Buy On: Amazon India | Amazon US

 

Summary:

(Goodreads)

The maze of mirrors has been accumulating energy for ages. When Vera and Mark unwittingly find themselves trapped in the maze, its passages prove to be the least of their problems. Its magic can be a great tool or weapon, as Queen Missena is learning, and they are at its mercy. As they travel through, the illusions created by the maze takes them to places unexpected and dangers unforeseen.

But Vera has magic of her own. Will her magic help her and Mark escape the maze? Or will they be trapped inside forever?

 

My Review:

Note: Thanks to Elizabeth R. Joseph for offering me her book to read and review :)

Cover: Simple and childlike.

Paper and font: Easy to read font.

Readability, language: Easy on the mind.

I picked up Twin Reflections on a whim, without much research, so it was only at the end after I’d enjoyed the book, that I got to know the author was a teenager, she’s just 14, I was stunned!

This is a story of another world, with magic, and some people of this world have powers and auras. There’s something brewing in the kingdom, like a rebellion. There is also a Maze of Mirrors that is like AI, created but now out of control.

The Queen of the Kingdom can maybe control it but she’s new and doesn’t know the ropes yet. And there are these twins, a brother and sister pair who stumble into the labyrinth and now have to fight with all they’ve got to get out of it.

I was lost in all the detail and all that was happening at the beginning of the book but as I progressed it started to fall in place. There’s a lot happening in the story as Elizabeth Joseph creates this new world and sets the stage for a promising series.

The characters of the twins, Vera and Mark are well described and I felt like I knew them. All the other characters too evoked emotion as I found myself rooting for them, especially Queen Missena when she has this epic fight in the labyrinth.

That was one of my favourite scenes. Towards the end of the book there is this cat fight between two magicians that I enjoyed ( 😛 the secrets out, I like cat fights). Another scene that I vividly remember is when the pins drops and Vera sees through the labyrinth, understanding it’s workings, a very Matrix like moment.

The cover is simple drawing of a girl looking into a mirror, like those seen on children’s books and that mislead me into thinking this would be a simple book. But it isn’t, this is a complex story with many layers and subplots. I’m amazed that a 14 year old mind could envision all that and put it on words too, at 14 I was only reading books. 😀

This book is for ages 14 and above and I highly recommend it. There are some bits where I felt it got very muddled and unclear but it doesn’t take away from the story and I hope Elizabeth Joseph’s writing gets better through the series, like Christopher Paolini’s in the Eragon series. The story holds so much promise for an entertaining series.

Buy On: Amazon India | Amazon US

About the Author:

 
Elizabeth Joseph is a 14 year old 9th grade student in Kansas City. She has written several short stories, poems and plays during her elementary and middle school years. She started writing Twin Reflections in the 5th grade and completed it 3 years later in 2015.

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July 12, 2016   No Comments

June Books WrapUp, Extra Marital Affairs, Hydrotherapy

#CuckooTheBirdBrain

June turned out to be an excellent month on the reading front. I read five books, reviews aren’t up yet but they will be soon. 😉

This week’s video is a wrap up of the books and my thoughts on each of them. Have you read any of these? Did you like it?

Books I read in June –
Six Degrees by BlogAdda
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
The Devil and The Deadly Peace by Sindhura Chamala
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
Destiny of Shattered Dreams by Nilesh Rathod

Something I’ve been thinking about:

 
In an extra marital affair the woman gets referred to as the other woman, blame is heaped on her for tempting the man, she is held responsible for breaking a marriage. But why is it her fault? She may have loved a married man, but that’s not wrong. The married man had a choice, he crossed the line, it’s his infidelity and yet he hardly ever gets thoo-thooed at.

The Bratpack Update:

 
Cuckoo been going for hydrotherapy!

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What started as first rare, then off and off muscle pulls four years ago had progressed to an almost constant limp that seems to be causing constant pain. Over the years her stance, walking and running styles have changed to accommodate for the inadequacy of her right hind leg. She’s also become a more cranky dog, we guess because of the pain.
We’ve been trying to figure out what’s wrong for years now but no definite reason has been found and no medication has worked. Then recently a friend recommended hydrotherapy.
We’ve heard good things about hydrotherapy and are hoping it will help Cuckoo with the muscle wastage the hydrotherapist found in her right hind, which in turn will increase mobility and lessen pain.
She’s been to three sessions now and is finally getting used to the idea of swimming but we are already noticing little improvements.

Wish her luck :)

July 10, 2016   No Comments